Course Title: Perform unit test for a class

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COSC6064C

Course Title: Perform unit test for a class

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5194 - Diploma of Information Technology (General)

Course Contact : Radhu Punchanathan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99251409

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chandra Nannegari
Phone: +61 3 9925 1657

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit defines the competency required to ensure that the system is proved adequate, before handover to the client/user, by unit testing functionality and reliability of individual components.

This unit is delivered using a blend of classroom based and self -paced learning activities.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onward your class will be held in a device-equipped teaching space. Each student group will have access to a laptop. It is however recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus both in and outside class times.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICAT4242B Perform unit test for a class


1. Prepare for test

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Determine test criteria
1.2. Prepare the test environment
1.3. Perform static tests using appropriate test tools to verify correct behaviour of modules
1.4. Use a test harness program to exercise module behaviour
1.5. Test objects containing lower level class instances separately
1.6. Prepare data to facilitate path testing
1.7. Prepare data to facilitate member function testing


2. Conduct test

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Ensure clean test environment
2.2. Initialise test environment
2.3. Run test harness and document results in line with test and acceptance processes
2.4. Forward test results to appropriate person
2.5. Finalise test environment


3. Analyse and classify results

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Review and classify test results to highlight areas of concern
3.2. Compare test results against requirements and design specifications in line with quality benchmarks
3.3. Review feedback
3.4. Ensure compliance with documentation and reporting standards

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.
We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
WeekWeek CommencingTopicsAssessment
16th Feb 2012Pre-training review:

Familiarisation with:
• Program
• Services/facilities
• Other students
• Teacher(s)
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Pre-reading
• Blackboard

Overview of assessment requirements:

• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy

Introduction to the Course - Alice Tutorials
213th Feb 2012• Getting started with Alice 
320th Feb 2012• MethodsTask 1: In-class worksheet
427th Feb 2012• Variables and Functions  
55th Mar 2012 • Review and Practice test 
12th Mar 2012
(Monday, Labour Day)
• Assessment 2 conducted in labs Task 2: Theory and Practical Test in Alice
719th Mar 2012 • Intro Java & Text editor 
826th Mar 2012 • Java Basics / variables  
92nd Apr 2012• Data types / Operators  
 Mid semester break (5 April to 11 April)
99th Apr 2012• Data types / Operators 
1016th Apr 2012• Flow Controls - Conditional 
1123rd Apr 2012• Flow Controls - Conditional 
1230th Apr 2012• Looping structures 
137th May 2012• Looping structures
1414th May 2012• Revision and practice Test 
1521st May 2012• TestTask 3: Theory and Practical Test in Java
1628th May 2012Course & assessment feedback 
174th Jun 2012Re-submission of work if required  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Sparke. G, The Java Way, 3rd Edition ISBN 978-0-13-208516-8


Joel Adams (2008) Alice in Action with Java. Thomson Course Technology, Boston, Mass. ISBN 978-1-4239-0096-2
P,Dann. W, Cooper.S, Pausch. R, Learning to program with Alice, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education, Inc., NJ, ISBN 978-0-13-208516-8

Sierra. K, & Bates. B, Head First Java, 2nd Edition, O’Reilly Publication, ISBN 0-596-00920-8
Overton. J, Simple Program Design, Thomson Learning Inc, ISBN 978-0-17-012895-7

Other Resources

Other materials will include worksheets distributed by the teacher in class and various Websites which will be indicated.

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques

Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete 3 tasks. You must successfully complete all 3 tasks to be deemed competent in this unit. 

Task 1: In-class worksheet (Date: Done in labs in week 2)
For this assessment task you are required to complete an in-class worksheet on basic objects. 

Task 2: Theory and Practical Test in Alice (Date: Done in labs in week 6)
This is a part theory and part practical assessment where students will be asked to design using object-oriented concepts in Alice. To be deemed competent in this assessment you should be able to demonstrate all the requirements under a supervised time-bound condition. 

Task 3: Theory and Practical Test in Java (Date: Done in labs in week 15)
This is a part theory and part practical test where students will be asked to design Java programs using the correct syntax. The system is unit tested for functionality and reliability of individual components.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements:

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Marking Guide (Competency):

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT).

So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading):

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to unit testing functionality and reliability of individual components.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required to unit testing functionality and reliability of individual components. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all testing and reliability assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in unit testing functionality and reliability of individual components and how these might be addressed.

You also need to be able to overcome the various problems which that can arise developing and administering a SQL Server database. You will need to demonstrate a degree of perseverance, and be able research possible solutions via the Web.


We expect to see ongoing uploading of information into Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to testing functionality and reliability of individual components. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a unit testing functionality and reliability of individual components.

Final Grades Table:

CHD   Competent with High Distinction
CDI     Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG    Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC    Not Yet Competent
DNS    Did Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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